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BILATERALS.ORG WEEKLY   11-17 AUG 2017
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NEGOTIATIONS
Tele Sur | 16-Aug-2017

NAFTA renegotiation talks arrive amid diverging interests, neoliberal goals

As Mexico, Canada and the U.S. head into potentially thorny talks, critics say that banks and multinationals will be first to reap the benefits.
Politico | 16-Aug-2017

US to keep negotiating texts ‘classified’

The first USTR official said the negotiating texts will not be released to the public because they are “classified” documents. That’s consistent with past negotiations, but will give critics ammunition to complain the deal is being negotiated in secret.
DNA | 16-Aug-2017

RCEP trade ministers to meet next month in Philippines

Trade ministers of 16 RCEP countries, including India and China, will meet next month in Philippines
IBON | 16-Aug-2017

Duterte’s RCEP push at ASEAN, implications on Philippines economy & development

The more far-reaching implication of RCEP is for Philippines’s sovereignty in regulating foreign investments
The Globe and Mail | 15-Aug-2017

NAFTA 2.0: Will our feminist government walk the equality talk?

Renegotiating the agreement is an opportunity for Canada’s self-proclaimed feminist government to put words into action by tackling gender inequality and the structural barriers that female workers and business owners face across all three countries.
IATP | 15-Aug-2017

Trump’s racist agenda is not fair trade

This system of dominance, already codified in NAFTA, is the system the Trump administration intends to preserve and strengthen in a new NAFTA. That new NAFTA will guarantee a strong foothold for structural racism.
Khmer Times | 15-Aug-2017

US examines food standards

The United States, one of the Cambodia’s key trading partners, is going to assess sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards in Cambodia, opening up the opportunity for Cambodian agricultural products to be exported to the US.
Businessline | 15-Aug-2017

India under pressure to ease protection of industry, agriculture at RCEP talks

India under pressure to raise its offer on eliminating tariffs on goods at the next RCEP round in Philippines
Reuters | 15-Aug-2017

Canada suggests it could quit NAFTA talks over dispute mechanism

Canada laid down a tough line ahead of talks on modernizing NAFTA, suggesting it could walk away if the United States pushed to remove a key dispute-settlement mechanism in the trade deal.
Live Mint | 15-Aug-2017

India to restart FTA talks with Mauritius

The decision to restart negotiations on India-Mauritius free trade agreement (FTA) follows a double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) signed last year.
Fiji Sun | 15-Aug-2017

Koya: Talks with PNG minister Pato fruitful

The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources said the meeting involved discussions on the ‘way forward’ with the Melanesian Spearhead Group Trade Agreement.
Economy Next | 15-Aug-2017

Sri Lankan industrialists worry over China trade deal, cess removal

Sri Lankan industrialists have voiced concern over a proposed free trade agreement with China and government plans to reduce import tariffs that protect them, saying they feared they might not be able to compete.
Ottawa Citizen | 14-Aug-2017

Freeland to press for new labour, environmental sections within NAFTA

Chrystia Freeland will push for additional labour and environmental sections when she shares broad strokes of Canada’s goals for the upcoming NAFTA talks.
Global News | 12-Aug-2017

NAFTA, Trump and the cloud: What the negotiations mean for your personal data

Washington wants few restrictions on cross-border data transfers and has taken aim at rules in other countries that require certain digital information to be stored on computers located within their national borders.
Reuters | 12-Aug-2017

Africa-US AGOA trade talks end with no decision, waning enthusiasm

It is not clear whether the U.S. wants to change the AGOA deal before it expires in 2025 or extend it further - no decision was made on either count.
WBFO | 11-Aug-2017

Food is at the center of US-UK trade concerns

Since it has been a member of the European Union, Britain has ratcheted up its standards. There’s a Europeanization of culinary culture. And we’re going to see whether it becomes the McDonaldization of culture.
Ground Reality | 11-Aug-2017

RCEP will undo the gains of food self-sufficiency built so assiduously over the decades

International trade negotiations currently underway hold a big threat to the future of Indian agriculture
Myanmar Times | 11-Aug-2017

Investment promotion and protection agreement with Singapore under way

Negotiations over an agreement on investment promotion and protection between Myanmar and Singapore have started, according to Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) Director General U Aung Naing Oo.
The Guardian | 11-Aug-2017

Qatar dispute puts UK-Gulf trade talks on hold

Delay to prestigious London summit threatens UK plans for quick free-trade deal with rich Middle Eastern states after Brexit.
All Africa | 11-Aug-2017

East Africa: Cabinet approves the ratification of the Tripartite Free Trade Area

The Ugandan Cabinet has approved the ratification of the EAC-COMESA-SADC Tripartite Free Area Agreement (FTA), paving way for the implementation of the Agreement.
Kathmandu Post | 11-Aug-2017

BIMSTEC underlines early finalisation of free trade area accord

The 18th session of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Senior Officials’ meeting has underlined the need of early finalisation of BIMSTEC free trade area agreement.
KEY ISSUES
The Global Anticorruption Blog | 16-Aug-2017

What to do about corrupt arbitral tribunals?

That concern is a real and serious one, but there is also a more direct and crude problem: parties (or their lawyers) bribing, or making backdoor deals with, the arbitrators to secure a favorable outcome.
Electronic Frontier Foundation | 15-Aug-2017

Rising demands for data localization a response to weak data protection mechanisms

Don’t trust data localization exceptions in trade agreements to guarantee protection of personal data.
 
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Negociaciones
Gestión | 16-Aug-2017

TPP: Reunión en Australia pondrá a prueba el apoyo al pacto comercial

Japón, Australia y Nueva Zelanda son los principales impulsores de un acuerdo que genera incertidumbre por el nivel de entusiasmo y compromiso que tienen los otros ocho miembros, entre ellos el Perú.
El País | 16-Aug-2017

Canadá rechaza negociar el TLC si EE UU insiste en cambiar el mecanismo de resolución de disputas

La ministra de Exteriores, Chrystia Freeland, quiere que el nuevo tratado sea "más progresivo" y busca inspiración en su pacto comercial con Europa.
Forber | 16-Aug-2017

¿Qué sigue para México si Estados Unidos abandona el TLCAN?

La Secretaría de Economía y los empresarios exportadores preparan un plan B ante la posible salida del vecino del norte del acuerdo comercial.
IPS Noticias | 16-Aug-2017

Nuevo tratado de libre comercio con EEUU agita aguas en México

México reedita un cuarto de siglo después los broncos debates y conflictos internos alrededor de la renegociación del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN), compartido con Canadá y Estados Unidos y vigente desde 1994.
El Financiero | 16-Aug-2017

Temas arancelarios, laborales son prioridades en la renegociación del TLCAN

Parte de las prioridades es profundizar en la integración económica de América del Nort, que incluya movilidad de capital humano, así como la incorporación de mercados laborales. Así como, la negociación trilateral, recíproca y equitativa.
Periódico Correo | 14-Aug-2017

En el TLC siempre estamos en desventaja: campesinos mexicanos

De cara a la renegociación del TLC, campesinos y especialistas coinciden en que el acuerdo ha beneficiado sólo a los grandes productores
El Heraldo | 14-Aug-2017

Agridulce balance dejan los TLC en la última década para Colombia

Un informe del Centro de Pensamiento en Estrategias Competitivas de la Universidad del Rosario, sobre los Tratados de Libre Comercio firmados por Colombia en la última década, concluyó que el TLC con Estados Unidos está estancado, mientras que el acuerdo con la Unión Europea registra un crecimiento interesante.
Celag | 14-Aug-2017

ALERTA: acuerdo Mercosur – Unión Europea

En silencio se está negociando un acuerdo de alto impacto para los países del Mercosur. El canciller argentino, Julio Fourie, señaló que esperan celebrar a fin de año un acuerdo de libre comercio entre la Unión Europea y el Mercosur
Expansión | 11-Aug-2017

Los campesinos mexicanos, en pie de guerra contra el Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte

Por desleal, empobrecedor e injusto, miles de pequeños productores agrícolas de México exigen la eliminación del capítulo agropecuario en el nuevo TLCAN, un convenio que acusan de llevarlos casi a la miseria junto al desdén de las autoridades.
Vietnam Plus | 11-Aug-2017

China propone acelerar negociaciones de RCEP

El ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de China, Wang Yi, exhortó a la Asociación de Naciones del Sudeste Asiático (ASEAN) a agilizar las negociaciones del Acuerdo de Asociación Económica Integral Regional (RCEP).
NOVEDADES DE LOS MOVIMIENTOS
CLATE | 16-Aug-2017

Seminario a distancia - América Latina recibe a la OMC: debates sobre el libre comercio en la era Trump

Esta iniciativa está dirigida a dirigentes sindicales y sociales, estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad académica de toda América Latina y el Caribe, así como también a toda persona interesada en temas de economía y política de alta incidencia en la vida social.
bilaterals.org | 15-Aug-2017

Entrevista con Loon Gangte

Loon Gangte es un activista de la India que vive con VIH y hepatitis C. Es el fundador del Delhi Network of Positive People [una red de personas seropositivas en Dehli].
 
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Négociations
La Libre | 16-Aug-2017

Aléna: le règlement des litiges commerciaux au coeur des discussions

Ce mécanisme, que Washington souhaiterait supprimer le jugeant inéquitable pour les industries et travailleurs américains, permet actuellement d’arbitrer les différends en matière de droits compensateurs et de dumping.
Reuters | 16-Aug-2017

"L’America First" pèse sur le début des discussions sur l’Aléna

Les discussions de renégociation de l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain qui s’ouvrent entre les Etats-Unis, le Canada et le Mexique s’annoncent ardues, Donald Trump souhaitant que le nouveau traité mette en oeuvre sa politique de l’"America First".
Radio Canada | 15-Aug-2017

ALENA : le Québec a beaucoup à perdre

Difficile de croire que le Québec va sortir gagnant de la nouvelle négociation de libre-échange qui s’amorce.
La Presse | 14-Aug-2017

La ministre Freeland veut moderniser l’ALÉNA

Le Canada cherchera à inclure «de solides» clauses sur le travail et l’environnement et défendra tant la gestion de l’offre que le mécanisme de règlement des différends en renégociant l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain.
Dakar Actu | 11-Aug-2017

Le ministre du Commerce a signé un accord de libre-échange entre la Cedeao et la Mauritanie

A travers cet accord d’association, la Cedeao et la Mauritanie se sont engagées à renforcer leur coopération dans plusieurs domaines d’intérêt commun, notamment l’institution du libre-échange.
NOUVELLES DES MOUVEMENTS
bilaterals.org | 15-Aug-2017

Interview de Loon Gangte

Loon Gangte est un militant indien atteint du VIH et de l’hépatite C. Il est le fondateur du Delhi Network of Positive People (un réseau de personnes séropositives à Delhi).
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